Merganzer Fishing Charters offers full-service fishing experiences at a variety of lengths, heading onto Lake Michigan for Salmon, Trout, and Perch. The focus of each trip is to make sure everyone has a fun and productive time on the water, no matter their age or experience level. So get down to the dock, and get ready for some of the best fishing Lake Michigan has to offer!

There is no better place to enjoy the beauty of the Great Lakes than aboard Captain Daryl’s 34 Tiara cruiser. The vessel is large and spacious enough to carry 6 guests in complete comfort, and has an air-conditioned interior with a cabin, galley, enclosed head, and plenty of space to relax in the cool on a hot summer’s day.

This is not just some pleasure cruise, however, the vessel has been set up for targeting the best and biggest the lake has to offer, and comes equipped with everything from GPS and Fishfinder to outriggers and downriggers to make sure you get the best angling experience fishing for the delicious fish which inhabit the lake.

The thing that sets Merganzer Fishing Charters apart from the pack is the skill and care with which each trip is run. Captain Daryl has been fishing Lake Michigan for over 30 years, and has been running charters for almost two decades. He is joined on each trip by his energetic and experienced first mate, and the two of them will work with you from the moment you book to make sure your trip is as special as it can be.

All trips come with tackle and bait, just remember to bring your fishing license with all necessary stamps, and a big cooler to take all your catch home in at the end of the day!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) MAX 4
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $650
    This trip is for 4 people.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) MAX 4
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $650
    This trip is for 4 people.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 4-6 Ppl
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $750
    5 hour, 4-6 person afternoon trip
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (AM) MAX 6
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Get out on the water with family or friends, and fish Lake Michigan for Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (PM) MAX 6
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Spend a sunny weekend afternoon fishing for Salmon, Trout, and Perch on Lake Michigan. It doesn't get any better than this!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) MAX 4
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Get out on Lake Michigan, and target great local species such as Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) MAX 4
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Get out on Lake Michigan, and target great local species such as Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $900
    Get out on Lake Michigan, and target great local species such as Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour trip Sat-Sun PM up to 6 max
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $900
    Spend the afternoon on Lake Michigan, fishing for local species such as Salmon, Trout, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Fri-Sat-Sun (MAX 6)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,140
    Spend the day on Lake Michigan! This 8 hour dock to dock trip will give you enough time to aim for your limits of fish and bring home some delicious Salmon.
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About the Captain

Daryl Szyska
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
42 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
65 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2017
I have been living the fishing and hunting lifestyle my entire life, and have been fishing Lake Michigan for over 30 years. I want people to catch fish, so whatever we need to do to make your day both enjoyable and productive, we will get it done.

About this listing

Targeted species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch
Salmon Salmon
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat specs

Tiara (Cruiser) originally built in 1987. Powered by 2 350HP Mercury Cruiser engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Ray Marine Axiom
Fishfinder
Ray Marine Axiom
Bed
Kitchen
Refrigerator

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
First mate works for tips

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 65 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (114)
A day with Lake Michigan pros!  What a day... the Daryl and Matt made it great!
A day with Lake Michigan pros!  What a day... the Daryl and Matt made it great!
A day with Lake Michigan pros!  What a day... the Daryl and Matt made it great!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Dan B.
Hidden Valley, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

A day with Lake Michigan pros! What a day... the Daryl and Matt made it great!

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) on September 10, 2022
We laughed, hooted and hollered all morning… wow. Fun fishing, with sincere attention to our level of fishing. My Italian...
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Jack O.
Alpharetta, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Thank you for your hard work!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (AM) MAX 6 on August 7, 2022
Thank you for your hard work and flexibility! A specially for not canceling the trip because of bad weather and working in...
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Steve S.
Glen Ellyn, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
Overall

Great day!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) on June 5, 2022
We had a great day fishing for salmon-caught 14! The captain and crew were great!
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Dominic R.
Galesburg, IL
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Lake Michigan charter with Captain Daryl.

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) 3 Max on May 22, 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Captain Daryl. He did a very thoughtful job of finding fish and setting up the lines for...
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Robert S.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Excellent
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Lake Michigan fishing

VERIFIED   6 Hour trip Sat-Sun PM up to 6 max on July 3, 2022
Had a great time
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FAQs about Merganzer Fishing Charters

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) MAX 4 (5 hours)
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) MAX 4 (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Mon-Thur (PM) 4-6 Ppl (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (AM) MAX 6 (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Sat-Sun (PM) MAX 6 (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) MAX 4 (6 hours)
  • $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (PM) MAX 4 (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Sat/Sun (AM) (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - 6 Hour trip Sat-Sun PM up to 6 max (6 hours)
  • $1,140 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Fri-Sat-Sun (MAX 6) (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Merganzer Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS Ray Marine Axiom
  • Fishfinder Ray Marine Axiom
  • Bed
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar Doppler 2 Ray Marine

Trips booked with Merganzer Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate (First mate works for tips)

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Merganzer Fishing Charters include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Salmon
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)